Politics

State Department: Hillary Clinton 'Was Not Violating Policy' With Private Emails

Hillary Clinton is officially in the clear.

A member of the State Department told CNN on Monday in the video below that Clinton "was not violating policy" when she used a private email server for government emails, reports Rolling Out.

Clinton faced a major hurdle that threatened to derail her presidential bid when it was discovered that the former Secretary of State had used her personal email account for work. Critics have hoped that the scandal would prevent her from running for president in 2016, but it appears that she will stay in the race and will not have to face any charges.

It is well known that the government email servers are notoriously bad at keeping up with constantly changing technology, and that they have not worked on smartphones or mobile email apps in the past. Previous Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice have both admitted to using their personal account while in office.

Even so, a recent policy change that discourages private email accounts could have been detrimental to Clinton's reputation and career.

In the video, the State Department's official spokesman John Kirby states that, while the investigation is ongoing, they are still working to make as many of the emails public as possible through the Freedom of Information Act.

However, he adds that there was "no policy prohibiting the use of a private email account here at the State Department, and that is still a fact," after the CNN interviewer pushes Kirby for an answer as to whether or not they see Clinton's email behavior as problematic.

There are policies in place now, he says, that "highly discourage" what she did, and "you are supposed to use your government account, so that there is a constant permanent record" but these were added recently.

"At the time, when she was Secretary of State, there was no prohibition to her use of a private email," he said.

"We have since changed the policy to discourage that," Kirby went on. "I don't believe the policy changed while she was secretary. I'd have to go back and look at that."

Sources: Rolling Out, Youtube
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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